Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Protoss vs Zerg Roaches

I have been noticing an alarmingly large number of protoss players who are having trouble with late game zerg.  The commonly seen army composition against zerg is ~8 sentries, a large number of stalkers, a few immortals and as many collossi as you can pack in.  The problem that arises is that zerg players will commonly respond with mass roaches and later on, brood lords.  Adding 2 or 3 void rays to your composition will help deter the deadly roach/broodlord combination.  If the zerg player responds with corrupters, you should be in good condition so long as your collossus micro is on point.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Protoss vs Zerg Strategy: 1 Gate Stargate

This protoss vs zerg strategy takes advantage of the fact that zerg does not have anything to attack the air until they have lair tech.  When zerg fails to scout this build, it is completely devastating.  It allows you to pick off queens and kill any early expansion attempts.  It also heavily punishes any zerg players who are massing roaches.  This build order was found on teamliquid's website.  Do not attempt this strategy on maps with large choke points like scrap station.

Taking out these poor overlords

Here is the build order:

  • 9/10 Pylon
  • 10/18 Chrono Boost Nexus after Pylon finishes
  • 12/18 Gateway, send scouting Probe
  • 13/18 Chrono Boost Nexus
  • 14/18 Assimilator #1, on completion move 3 Probes to gas
  • 15/18 Pylon
  • 16/18 Zealot, save Chrono Boost for this Zealot in case you scout a <13 Pool
  • 18/26 Cybernetics Core
  • 19/26 Assimilator #2, on completion move 3 Probes to gas
  • 21/26 Zealot
  • 23/26 Pylon
  • Sentry after Core finishes
  • Forge after Core if you scout Roaches, followed by 1-2 Photon Cannons depending on Roach count
  • Stargate after Overlords are driven out by Sentry; start saving Chrono Boost
  • 31/34 1st Void Ray, Chrono Boost Stargate
  • 34/34 2nd Void Ray, continue Chrono Boosting Stargate
Notes: Another popular variation is to produce 1 void ray and 2 phoenixes.  This variation allows for easier queen kills and overlord scouting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Protoss vs Protoss Strategy: Korean 4 Warpgate

This protoss vs protoss strategy has an extremely high success rate in 1v1 match-ups. This is especially true when your opponent does not know the proper response. Even when they do, it is very difficult to stop.

Here is the build in action:

Here is the build order:

  • Chronoboost your Nexus
  • 10 Pylon (then scout with that probe)
  • 10 Gateway
  • 13 Assimilator
  • 15 Core (when this completes use all remaining chronoboost on warpgate tech)
  • 18 Gateway, Gateway, Gateway
  • 18 Build 3-5 pylons in the enemy base with your scouting probe
Notes- Remove workers from assimilator once 50 gas has been collected

Protoss Strategy

This blog will be all about different play styles for protoss in Starcraft 2.